Let me remind fellow fans -- take nothing for granted. Many dream seasons have been ruined by one misstep. The players and coaches are saying the right things. Let’s hope they are ready for Army. Also for fellow displaced fans, this might be the last time you see the team for a few weeks as there is still no announcement on the coverage of the UMass and Bowling Green games.
Theme that won’t be discussed on television. This is probably the most important game of Chris Crane’s career. The general assumption is that Crane will inherit the starting QB role next fall. I am a little more skeptical. I think Jags and Logan will enter the spring with an open mind. Crane can get a huge step up on the two freshmen (Davis and Johnson) and any potential recruits by showing his command of the offense against Army.
Three simple keys
1. Stop the run. Sounds easy, right? BC has one of the best run defenses in the country. This week the challenge will be a little different. First, Army is a fairly productive rushing attach. Second, Army has three weeks of game film to breakdown and find weaknesses in our defense. Expect Army to come out hard and with a few new wrinkles.
2. Continued improved special teams. The kickoffs were much better against Georgia Tech, as was our punting. But the kick returns and punt returns were a little shaky. I would like to see Tribble actually return something instead of just waiving for a fair catch.
3. Stay focused. The last time BC played Army, the Black Knights drove down the field for a TD on their first drive. BC recovered and went to win handily. But you cannot always come out flat and expect to recover.
-- The last first year BC coach to start 4-0 was Amerino "Moody" Sarno during the abbreviated 1943 season
-- BC hasn’t started 4-0 since 1999
-- BC covered a 27-point spread in their last game against Army
The current line is BC-27.5
What would be a pleasant surprise? Coming out of this game injury free. This team is starting to look like the walking wounded. Let’s hope they stay healthy through this non-conference stretch.
What would be a letdown? A close game. BC is riding a wave of good publicity right now. If we squeak by Army, the talking heads will start questioning our ranking.
What would be a shocker? Losing. Even when I was forecasting worst-case scenarios for the season, I never envisioned actually losing this game.
The team is playing so well I honestly wish we were playing another conference game this Saturday. I think Army will make it interesting for the first quarter, but eventually BC will pull away
Final Score: BC 40, Army 16